Soccer Odds - EPL Week 33 Manchester United vs Chelsea

  • Thursday, April 16th, 2015

    By  Ej Garr


    Soccer Betting: With only seven matches taking place this weekend, as matches are being moved to later dates due to the FA Cup, Round 33 in Premier League has a short schedule on the pitch. Arsenal, Liverpool, and Aston Villa will all be taking part in the FA Cup this weekend, as Arsenal will face Readingon Saturday, and Villa and Liverpool will also meet in the semifinalson Sunday.

    This round is highlighted with the big match at Stamford Bridge, as Chelsea looks to secure the top spot in the league, having a seven point cushion as we enter the weekend. Manchester United will try to pull within five points of the league leaders, although they have not won against Chelsea in their last seven meetings in all competitions since 2012.

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    As a whole, we will see five matches taking placeon Saturday, and twoon Sundayin the shortened weekend. Southampton is the only other club in the top seven of the table playingon Saturday, when they head to Britannia Stadium to take on Stoke City.

    On Sunday, Manchester City will try to rebound from the harsh disappointment in the Manchester Derby last weekend when they lost 4 - 1 after scoring the first goal of the match.

    Tottenham and Newcastle will wrap up the weekend onSundaymorning, 11 a.m. Eastern time at St. James' Park.

    Let's get to the pitch and see if we can repeat the results we had last weekend in our predictions.

    Saturday, April 18- 5 Matches

    Featured Match Manchester United vs Chelsea

    3-Way 1x2 Lines:

    Man United +315

    Chelsea -105

    Draw +250


    Man United +0.5 -115

    Chelsea -0.5 -105

    Total 2.5:

    Over +105

    Under -125

    Analysis and Prediction:

    Both clubs took three points in their matches last weekend, one in convincing fashion and one not so much.

    Chelsea needed a goal in the 88th minute to sneak by Queens Park with a late goal from Fabregas, as they were held to only one official shot on goal in the entire match, which is obviously the one that found its way to the back of the net.

    Manchester United went down 1 - 0 early in the Derby with Manchester City, but replied with four unanswered goals leaving Man City wondering how they can manage to hold on to European positions.Besides Arsenal, Man United is playing their best football of the campaign right now, and they are certainly looking to reverse the trend and results they have against Chelsea lately. They have not won over the Londoners since 2012, which spans seven matches in all competitions.

    Manchester United is getting a bit of the nod here, but we are going with the Pk Draw no Bet handicap line of +185, instead of paying the -115 for the +0.5. Let it be 1 - 1 if it must, but if Man U can pull this out, then we sure will be smiling with a +185 on the board.

    West Brom vs Crystal Palace

    3-Way: 1: West Brom +320 Away ; X: +250 Draw ; 2: C. Palace -110 Home

    Spread: West Brom +0.5 -110 ; C. Palace -0.5 -110

    Total 2.5: Over +115 ; Under -135

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    Analysis and Prediction:

    Two clubs going in polar opposite directions right now face off at Selhurst Park, and this is simply a play on the hot team at home over the team playing poorly and away from home.Sometimes there is just no need to point out all the recent results, when it is just as easy for anyone to see that Palace is no longer the club who we were talking about near the relegation zone just a month or so ago.

    West Brom has two wins away from The Hawthornes, and has been outscored 9 - 20 in their 15 road matches, so why would we expect that to change this weekend? We don't, so the -110 on the Palace to come out with three points is the obvious play for us to recommend.

    Burnley vs Everton

    3-Way: 1: Burnley +450 Away ; X: +285 Draw ; 2: Everton -150 Home

    Spread: Burnley +0.5 +130 ; Everton -0.5 -150

    Total 2.5: Over -120 ; Under +100

    Analysis and Prediction:

    Speaking of horrible away clubs, there sits Burnley with only one win to show for their 15 road matches. At the same token, look who Burnley has been playing lately, with a match against a club in the upper portion of the table week after week lately. They actually have been holding their own, although the results on a simple win/loss basis might not exactly be there.

    We are going to suggest this Under 2.5 at even money, as Burnley has played extremely well defensively against some top tier clubs in this league. They held Arsenal down to a single goal last weekend, and drew 0 - 0 with Tottenham the weekend before, not to mention the seven straight Unders they have hit overall.

    Swansea City vs Leicester City

    3-Way: 1: Swansea +250 Away ; X: +245 Draw ; 2: Leicester +115 Home

    Spread: Swansea +0.5 -135 ; Leicester -0.5 +115

    Total 2.5: Over -105 ; Under -115

    Analysis and Prediction:

    This is another of the matches that there is no need to go crazy analyzing the how and why this total will be coming in Over the 2.5 at -105. Outside of QPR, Leicester's defense has been dismal at best this year, surrendering 51 goals and helping us to cash out a +115 ticket on the Over last weekend if you recall.

    If -105 is all they ask to expect these two to play to a 2 - 1 type of match, knowing that Leicester certainly cannot afford to sit back and simply remain at the bottom of the table without a fight, then we are more than willing to suggest the action on some goal scoring to come to our aid.

    Southampton vs Stoke City

    3-Way: 1: Southampton +125 Away ; X: +220 Draw ; 2: Stoke +255 Home

    Spread: Southampton -0.5 +125 ; Stoke +0.5 -145

    Total 2: Over -120 ; Under +100

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    Analysis and Prediction:

    Like we said last weekend, and probably plenty before that, watching Southampton matches, is like watching paint dry on a wal, because they simply sit back and keep plenty of bodies behind the ball, make an occasional attack or two, find the net once maybe twice, and that is all we ever see.

    Southampton will likely be able to get by Stoke, and we did expect Stoke to give more than the fight they did when they were in the European discussion, but since they got within a handful of points of the Europa League spots, they have simply fallen apart.

    The +125 on Southampton to take three points is the only realistic option we have when it comes to finding a semblance of value on the match.

    Sunday, April 19- 2 Matches

    West Ham vs Manchester City

    3-Way: 1: West Ham +1050 Away ; X: +520 Draw ; 2: Man City -380 Home

    Spread: West Ham +1.5 +115 ; Man City -1.5 -135

    Total 3: Over -135 ; Under +115

    Analysis and Prediction:

    How difficult is this match to predict a play for? Manchester City has tanked and is certainly not a club who should be seeing a -380 line, home or not. Remember a time where both of these clubs were playing well, and we were talking about both being a shoe-in for European spots in the table? Now West Ham is completely out of the discussion and Man City is finding their way out of the conversation as well.

    If humiliation is not a good word for the Manchester Derby last weekend, than what is? Disgusting? Deflating? We will let you pick a word to use to describe Man City's play lately, but just make sure it starts with something that is a synonym for ugly.

    Of course, with that said, they will probably take out all their pent up frustration on West Ham, win 7 - 0 or something, and the Man City media will say, "Everything is ok!" It will take a lot more than a convincing win over West Ham to provide a good story, but they will likely beat up this club. Just take the Over 3 with the marginal -135 cut off point for juice on the action, as you know we do not recommend plays above that line.

    Tottenham vs Newcastle

    3-Way: 1: Tottenham +140 Away ; X: +240 Draw ; 2: Newcastle +225 Home

    Spread: Tottenham -0.5 +130 ; Newcastle +0.5 -150

    Total 2.5: Over -115 ; Under -105

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    Analysis and Prediction:

    You know, there are lines that make you shake your head sometimes, and this is certainly one of them. Newcastle couldn't beat a third tier team in Russia right now, and here comes Tottenham hungry to chase down European spots in the table, with only a few points to make up and possibly pulling within a tie with Liverpool at 57 points, since the Reds have the weekend off for FA Cup action.

    If Tottenham does not walk out of St. James' Park with a win, then they don't deserve to even be in the discussion for Europe at all. We are suggesting that lovely +140 on the 3-way line for the away side here.

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